Canadian Mitch Gagnon to face former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao

October 16, 2014


Canadian Mitch Gagnon to face former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao

Climbing up the Bantamweight ladder is Mitch Gagnon.  The 30 year-old from Sudbury, Ontario is fresh off a first-round stoppage of Roman Salazar in Halifax.

This makes it four in a row in the UFC.

The victory in Halifax earned him a slot on the Dec. 20 co-main event bout at UFC Fight Night in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

News of the booking comes via Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press.

“I didn’t expect it was going to be Renan Barao but I knew I was going to get a top-10 fighter like I asked,” Gagnon (12-2) said in an interview Thursday.

“I’m up for it, man. I can’t wait to get in there and prove a lot of these fans wrong.”

Barao is still the #1 contender in the Bantamweight division.

Barao lost the title to T.J. Dillashaw back in May.  The Brazilian was scheduled for a rematch in August but was pulled from the card due to an injury sustained just a day prior to the fight.

Gagnon said he took a week off after the Halifax win, ate some turkey, relaxed with his fiancee and now is looking forward to resuming training. He has won 10 of his last 11 bouts.

Gagnon lost his UFC debut to Bryan Caraway in July 2012 but still earned a US$65,000 fight of the night bonus.

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